Forum Question: Should I Upgrade To MacOS Sierra?

I purchased my first (and only) iMac in 2010 and it is just now starting to slow down a bit and I’m seeing the ‘color wheel’ more often. I’m concerned the new OS Sierra will be too much for my computer – is that a valid concern? It shows I have 326.6 GB free of 499.25 GB on my HD if that helps. Also, I just checked the activity monitor and it shows ‘physical memory 4.00 GB, memory used 3.05 GB, cached files 943.2 MB. Thank you for your opinion on this! And also, thank you for your very informative videos and news!
Sandy M.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Should I Upgrade To MacOS Sierra?”

    11/3/16 @ 10:35 pm

    By itself, Sierra shouldn’t slow down your Mac. But if you are also using old software that is incompatible with the latest OS, then it is a possibility.
    Also note that when you update to any macOS, it takes time for the spotlight indexes to complete and for your Time Machine backups to catch up to the major file changes that just happened during the update. It could be a day or two, or even more if you shut down your Mac for some reason instead of letting it sleep.
    I, for one, would never say no to a new FREE operating system. I don’t understand why some people do. If your old Mac is still able to update, then I would update it if it were me. You get new features, for one thing.

    11/10/16 @ 10:02 am

    My problem with updating is that neither my Wacom tablet nor Printer drives cannot be updated. Free Apple updates involve the cost of a new printer and tablet.

    William Middlehurst
    11/10/16 @ 10:05 am

    If I upgrade to sierra will I get the circle around the mouse pointer which I want

    11/10/16 @ 10:05 am

    William: Can you explain what you mean?

    11/10/16 @ 10:07 am

    Don’t update if you use a VPN with PPTP protocol. With almost no warning Apple has dropped support for this from the latest OSX and IOS versions.

    Norm Dinger
    11/10/16 @ 2:39 pm

    Have updated my Mac Mini & MacBook Pro. Unfortunately my wifes IMac is early 2009 and Sierra is not able to be put on this model .Later 2009 models are ok. I have Siri to talk too and she does not,

    11/10/16 @ 5:11 pm

    My computer is an early 2009 with 8 GB of memory. ( I upgraded) I have been told that I cannot upgrade to Sierra due to the age of the machine. Is this accurate?

    11/10/16 @ 5:15 pm

    Brian: It is easy to find out.

    11/15/16 @ 6:12 am

    I honestly would not update yet. There are so many bugs. I’m having conflicts in many programs including printer, iMovie, LINE, connection problems, and slowly trying to figure how to bring these programs back to usability. I really wish I hadn’t updated.

    11/15/16 @ 6:13 am

    PS. I have a late 2013 mac I bought in 2015, 3.4ghz Corei5, 8gb memory and plenty of HD space.

    11/15/16 @ 7:21 am

    Erinn: I’ve had no problem on any of my Macs with Sierra. Are you using old software that hasn’t been updated? I wouldn’t discourage others to update as it is a waste to not take advantage of new features and also to ignore security updates.

    Sylvia Chubbs
    1/30/17 @ 12:23 pm

    I’m reluctant to upgrade to Sierra (I only bought my new laptop about 8 months ago and didn’t think I’d have to upgrade so soon after purchase) because I’m afraid it may wreck my Microsoft office suite (as did one of the previous upgrades).

    1/30/17 @ 4:22 pm

    Sylvia: Apple has been coming out with new versions of macOS around September 30 for years now. What version of Office do you have? I have the latest version and use it all the time with Sierra. Where did you read that there may be trouble?

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